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MEET MAC’S NEW CHAIR: SUNCOR’S ANNE MARIE TOUTANT

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CONNECTION BETWEEN MINING AND RENEWABLES

2017 RECIPIENT OF THE PAUL STOTHART MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MiHR RELEASES FRESH MINING EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

MEET MAC’S NEW CHAIR: SUNCOR’S ANNE MARIE TOUTANT


Last month, MAC announced that Anne Marie Toutant, Suncor’s Vice President, Fort Hills Operations, has been elected as Chair of MAC for the next two-year term. Ms. Toutant replaces Robert (Bob) Steane, who recently retired as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Cameco Corporation.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have Anne Marie at the helm of our association. For the past decade, she has made a tremendous contribution to MAC as a Board Director and has been a staunch supporter of our Towards Sustainable Mining initiative, helping it to become an award-winning and globally-recognized sustainability standard. I have no doubt that MAC and its members will benefit greatly from her expertise in her new role as Chair.”

- Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC
 
Ms. Toutant joined Suncor in 2004 as Vice President of Mining Operations, a position she held for seven years. In this role, she oversaw the consolidation of mining activities in the Millennium Mine, and the approval, development and opening of the North Steepbank Mine. She also oversaw the reclamation of the oil sands industry’s first tailings pond to a solid surface (now known as Wapisiw Lookout). 

Between 2011 and 2015, Ms. Toutant served as Suncor’s Vice President of Oil Sands & In Situ Optimization and Integration. In late 2013, she was appointed Vice President of Suncor’s Fort Hills Operations, a position she holds today. Prior to joining Suncor, Ms. Toutant held operations and engineering leadership roles at several metallurgical and thermal coal mines in Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

In addition to her role at MAC, Ms. Toutant is also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and is a Board member of the Suncor Energy Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta.
“It’s a privilege to be elected by my peers as Chair of MAC. MAC and its members have important work to do to improve Canada’s competitiveness as a mining jurisdiction, especially amidst the backdrop of important federal policy decisions that will shape our industry for years to come. I look forward to helping MAC and its members advocate for the elements the industry needs to facilitate sustainable growth in our sector, and to expand our contributions to communities in Canada and beyond.”

- Anne Marie Toutant, Chair of MAC

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CONNECTION BETWEEN MINING AND RENEWABLES


Clean Energy Canada, a Vancouver-based climate change think tank housed within Simon Fraser University, has published a new report, Mining for Clean Energy, explaining the link between the mining industry and renewable energy technologies. 

The report focuses on the growing demand for minerals and metals due to the global effort to transition to a lower carbon future, and encourages Canada to seize the opportunity to become the world’s leading supplier of the mining products integral to clean technologies. The report also acknowledges that Canada is home to some of the lowest carbon-intensive mining companies in the world, and recommends wider adoption of MAC’s TSM initiative.

"For mining workers and communities across Canada, the clean energy transition will create opportunities for economic development and revitalization. Minerals and metals are essential to increasing the global supply of renewable energy, not to mention smart grids, LED light bulbs and electric cars."
 
- Excerpt from Mining for Clean Energy, Clean Energy Canada

While the report focuses on solar power, it highlights the mining industry’s growing adoption of a wide range of renewable energy technologies, pointing to several initiatives from MAC members, including:
  • The wind farm at Rio Tinto’s Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories. 
  • The wind power and energy storage facility at Glencore’s Raglan Mine in Northern Quebec. 

  • Goldcorp’s adoption of a fleet of underground Battery Electric Vehicles at its Borden Gold project in Ontario, which will make it the first all-electric underground mine in Canada. 
  • IAMGOLD’s solar farm near its Rosebel Gold Mine in Suriname and its recent commitment to build a solar power plant near its Essakane Gold Mine in Burkina Faso.

2017 RECIPIENT OF THE PAUL STOTHART MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 


MAC has named Sarah Caven as the 2017 recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics. Sarah is currently studying a Master of Business Administration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.  She also holds a Master of Geology from the University of Leicester in the UK. Recently, she was accepted into the 2017 Columbia Institute executive training program, Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development.

The selection committee recognized Sarah’s extensive experience in the mineral exploration industry and her strong academic achievements. Most recently, Sarah worked for the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute, where she assisted on a project aimed at transforming artisanal and small-scale mining in Ecuador and Colombia. She has also worked as a geologist in many countries including Canada, the UK, Ireland, Ethiopia, and Hungary.

The scholarship was established in 2012 from the generosity of MAC member companies in memory of the late Paul Stothart, MAC’s former Vice President of Economic Affairs. The scholarship, valued at $3,500, is awarded annually to a Canadian university student who shares a similar passion and talent for mining finance as Paul did. For more information about the scholarship, please visit: www.mining.ca/scholarship.

MiHR RELEASES FRESH MINING EMPLOYMENT FIGURES


The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has released its 2017 Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook, which forecasts the Canadian mining industry’s hiring needs, and describes labour trends and challenges for the sector. 

The report underscores that the mining industry is a strong contributor to Canada’s economy and employment opportunities across the country. It also notes that the mining industry has been showing signs of economic recovery from the downturn of the last few years, which could introduce new employment opportunities and challenges in the sector. 

Key findings: 
  • The industry’s cumulative hiring requirements are estimated at 87,000 workers over the next 10 years to replace retirees and fill new positions. 
  • The unemployment rate in mining, quarrying and oil & gas extraction dropped in the summer of 2016, from roughly 10% to below 7%, where it remained during the first quarter of 2017. 

  • Full-time workers in the mining sector enjoy greater earnings than other prominent industries in Canada such as construction, manufacturing, forestry and utilities.
With respect to increasing the participation of women in the mining labour force, the report notes some progress made in this area. According to MiHR’s labour force survey, women make up 19% of the mining workforce. This represents a modest increase from 17% in 2011, which was based on the latest available census data.   

Another positive indicator of the Canadian mining industry’s progress in attracting and advancing women is found in PwC’s recently-released Mine 2017 report. In fact, the report states that the Canadian-based members of the Top 40 global mining companies demonstrate a leadership role in their commitment to diversity. Women filled 21% of the board of director seats in Canada, compared to 16% among the non-Canadian companies.

ABOUT THE MINING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (MAC)


The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada’s production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, and mined oil sands, and are actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication.

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